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The race for Premier League survival

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Tottenham Hotspur's draw on Monday evening ensured that Leicester City won their first Premier League title and completed perhaps the greatest underdog story in sporting history.

However, things are not so rosy for every one else in the Premier League.

With the new television budget kicking in the next season, the cost for survival is the biggest in English football history. The relegation battle this season is arguably the closest in years with each team grinding it out to avoid the dreaded drop.

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With Aston Villa already down, all eyes turn to the three teams battling for that one survival spot.

Newcastle United, Sunderland and Norwich City are the three teams fighting it out for survival, and here we assess each team's chances of safety.

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Newcastle United

Newcastle United have picked up points just when it matters the most, with eight from their last four games.

This recent run of results has seen them jump out of the relegation zone with 33 points, having played an extra game compared to their rivals.

Rafa Benitez will know too well that the job is far from done with both Sunderland and Norwich breathing down their necks.

Their next game away to Aston Villa looks to be a must win, but their away form has been terrible this season, picking up just two wins on the road.

Key Player: Andros Townsend

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Sunderland

Sunderland would have probably steered away to safety but for some late draws and dubious referee decisions.

Big Sam's done a commendable job of keeping Sunderland in with a chance of survival, and recent performances prove that the squad has some steel about it. However, the side lack creativity in the middle of the park, resulting in inability to close out matches.

Sunderland have the best goal difference among their rivals which could be massive come the end of the season. Five points out of a possible nine might just do the trick for the Black Cats.

Key Player: Jermain Defoe

Norwich City v Sunderland - Premier League

Norwich City

Norwich City seem to be losing momentum just at the worst possible time.

The Canaries have suffered three straight defeats, which has left them with an uphill battle in the closing stages.

One major criticism of Alex Neil's side is their tendency to concede soft goals. Norwich City have conceded a mammoth total of 61 goals so far this season.

Still two points off safety though, Norwich could pull out the great escape with crunch games against Everton and Watford to follow.

Key Player: Nathan Redmond

Swansea City v Norwich City - Premier League

The race for survival is anything but over and one can surely expect some more twists along the way. One thing is for sure; it's going down to the wire.

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